Stromsgodset vs Bodo/Glimt by 20Legend
Stromsgodet followed up their draw against Viking (1-1) with an all-important win against Molde (1-0) during the midweek. This was their game in hand on the teams above the m on the table, and it brought them up only one point behind 4th placed Odd and 3rd placed Viking who both have the same amount of points. It is now also only four points up to the 2nd placed Stabaek which opens up for a dramatic finish in terms of who will be 2nd and 3rd this season. Rosenborg has pretty much taken the title already and it is only a theoretical chance to catch them with six games remaining.
They took charge in the game against Molde and scored the vital first goal in order to take control. As the game developed it was only deserved that they got the three points. The defensive work gave Molde very few chances on target with only two shots on goal through the whole game. Striker Marcus Pedersen scored after 18 minutes and they should have scored at least two more before half-time. After 29 minutes, midfielder Bismark Adjei-Boateng got a beautiful cross into the penalty area. He had all the time in the world to get the ball under control, but he still manages to get a bad delivery of the ball. Marcus Pedersen and defender Lars Vilsvik got one opportunity each right before half-time, but it faded out 1-0. The second half was a bit closer as Molde threw away a big chance to make it even as defender Ruben Gabrielsen failed to hit the ball completely with his head, as he was heading a cross from a free kick. Stromsgodset got the half into where they wanted and did just what was needed to secure the three points in the end. The win made them continue their excellent form of late with 4-1-0 on their latest five games. Defender Jorgen Horn (10/0) is available again, but has been ruled out of the squad for tonight’s game. The reason is that he overslept and was late to training yesterday. Midfielder Petter Vaagan Moen (6/0) and striker Marvin Ogunjimi (8/4) are still missing out with injuries.
Bodo/Glimt has risen from the dead this season and has produced 9-0-2 on their last 11 games in the league. The two setbacks came against 4th placed Odd (2-1) and 3rd placed Viking (2-1). Their last performance was just enough against Sandefjord, but it was not an impressive performance at all as the win should have been bigger. Bodo/Glimt got a perfect start after only three minutes as they took the lead as expected. However, a brilliant strike from Sandefjord’s midfielder Geir Ludvig Fevang made it 1-1 after 17 minutes. However, it was all about Bodo/Glimt after that moment.
Kristian Brix failed to score one-on-one with the keeper after 40 minutes, and Fitim Azemi got his shot saved on the line in the following attack. After a fresh start from Bodo/Glimt with a double-chance straight after the break, it looked like it was the day when nothing seemed to be right for the yellow ones. The following period was very slow as Sandefjord did everything in their power in order to take the tempo down. However, they slipped once and midfielder Henrik Furebotn hammered in 2-1, which was more than deserved given the bonanza of opportunities that they had produced. Winger Trond Olsen got one last chance to make it 3-1 after 83 minutes, but his rocket shot only hit the post and the game ended 2-1. The most disappointing was obviously their lack of precision in their finishing which has really been their key through the whole period. With that being said, they kept their form up and got another three points to show for. There are no injuries think about for Bodo/Glimt at this point. Defender Zarek Valentin (18/1) will be available again after serving his suspension due to yellow cards.
Stromsgodset has really got the chance to steal both the 3rd place to Viking, but also the 2nd place that belongs to Stabaek, if their current form is holding up. With 3rd placed Viking (44 pts) travelling to face Rosenborg and 2nd placed Stabaek (47 pts) is travelling to face Molde, the three points today could mean a lot more than just the confidence boost this time. If both Viking and Stabaek lose, they could be only one point behind the 2nd place if they win tonight, regardless of how 4th placed Odd (44 pts) should perform. Bodo/Glimt has not taken their foot of the gas, even if they are not going to win anything this year. They will not go down easy, but Bodo/Glimt are facing a huge task by playing away from home. Stromsgodset has finally been able to make Marienlyst Stadium into a feared fortress again with 8-2-1 so far, with only Rosenborg being better (9-3-0). Bodo/Glimt has done better than usual away from home this year (4-2-6), which is certainly because of their latest 11 games. Without taking their last performances too much into consideration, it looked like Stromsgodset has the extra edge towards the end of the season out of the two. It has been a long season and Bodo/Glimt has really overachieved for a long period now, beginning with the impressive turnaround against Valerenga (1-2) on 28th of June.
This is the round where Stromsgodset has their golden opportunity to actually take a huge step into the top 3. They have the advantage of playing at home and should be able to take advantage of this situation by setting the example early. They have done that four games in a row now by leading at half-time, and it should continue in order to calm their nerves as they are aiming for silverware.